Archive - Sep 19, 2013 - Sports Article
SOUTH KINGSTOWNâAside from the obvious proximity between South Kingstown and Prout, Wednesdayâs Division I-South girls volleyball game was a critical contest given the path each squad had worn through the first third of the season.
The Rebels (1-2 D-I South) and Crusaders (2-2 D-I South) each entered the game having beaten Chariho but lost to both North Kingstown and Coventry, meaning third place â and potentially playoff seeding down the line â was up for grabs.
Waves have been hard to come by for the past two months.
Contest organizers kept their fingers crossed, in hopes of having surf for the 2nd Annual âCatch A Curlâ ESA contest, held this past Saturday. ESA kids had a great time in some fun surf, with the event held at the Westerly Town Beach.
âWe were very fortunate to get sunny skies, warm air temperatures, and nice surf for the second straight year,â contest director Mistral Dobson said. âThe level of surfing was up several notches this year for sure.â
NARRAGANSETTâThe deck was certainly stacked against the Narragansett girls soccer team as it entered Tuesday afternoonâs contest with a veteran Lincoln squad.
Not only were the wounds of an 8-2 loss to Burrillville fresh but the Mariners also had a littany of injuries to deal with â including one to starting goalkeeper junior Ceili OâConnnell.
For 40 minutes Narragansett more than held its own as replacement keeper freshman Finnian Duncan and the Mariner defense â particularly Sarah Lubic and Grace Castro â kept the Lions off the board in the first half.
WAKEFIELDâThe Prout girlsâ soccer team fell to 0-4-0 on the season after a 3-1 loss to Exeter West-Greenwich Tuesday afternoon.
Although EWG jumped out to leads of 1-0 and 3-1, Prout will look back at many missed quality chances to cut the lead and eventually equalize the match as one of the main reasons for the defeat.
âWe canât have certain people showing up at certain timesâeveryone needs to be showing up,â Prout coach Ria Carroll said, âweâre a good team, we just need to mesh togetherâwe need to put it all together.â
WAKEFIELD â The good start to the 2013 season for the Prout boys soccer team just seems to keep getting better.
After three big wins to start the year, the Crusaders came out and dominated the first half of game four Wednesday afternoon and rolled on from there for a 3-1 win over visiting Tiverton.
Adrienne Bender is one of the top goal scorers in Division III but she does more than just score points for the Colby-Sawyer womenâs soccer team.
Bender, from Wakefield (South Kingstown High), has three goals and an assist, including a game-winner, thus far for the 5-1 Chargers. She scored 28 goals the past two seasons and stands fourth on the schoolâs career list with 87 points. She was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Week after scoring two goals in a 5-1 victory over Norwich and picking up an assist in a 3-0 triumph over Mount Holyoke.
NORTH KINGSTOWN â As tends to happen in season openers, a tone was set for the North Kingstown boy soccer team two weeks ago when they opened the year against LaSalle.
The Skippers lost that day, 3-2, yielding three unanswered goals to the Rams before clawing back into the game late. The loss sparked a defense that has not yielded a goal since, reeling off three straight wins following their 2-0 decision over Tolman Monday night.
Itâs a feeling Exeter-West Greenwich senior Kara Shaw had only experienced once in the previous four years prior to last Thursdayâs 1-0 defeat at the hands of the East Greenwich girls soccer team.
Itâs something Jack Livsey â a senior captain for the Knightsâ boys team â hadnât seen since his freshman season, when EWG lost four games and finished as runner-up in Division III.
Now, both knew that an âLâ was all but unavoidable this season with the girls team moving up from Division II to Division I and the boys team reeling from graduating 14 seniors.
EAST GREENWICH â In the end the score looked much like one would expect with a reigning Division III runner-up taking on team that finished below .500 a year ago in Division IV
But looks can be deceiving.
That was the case last Friday night as the teams from East Greenwich and Exeter-West Greenwich took to Carcieri Field for an inter-divisional contest to open their 2013 seasons. Through the first three quarters, the Avengers and the Scarlet Knights were locked up in a tight battle until a pair of interceptions broke the game open, propelling East Greenwich to a 34-17 win.
EAST GREENWICH â There may not have been many given the number of returning players off of a successful 2012 squad, but any doubts the East Greenwich High School girls volleyball team should be considered amongst the best in Division II have already been squashed, just two weeks into the season.